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- Don’t touch the area with unwashed bare fingers as they may have bacteria and cause an infection.
- Don’t rub, scratch, pick any scabs or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing (pigment may be removed along with the crusting tissue).
- Short term and long term don’t use products that contain AHA’s on the procedure area (ie: Glycolic Acids) because it will fade your pigment.
- If you’re a blood donor, you may not donate blood for 1 year following the procedure per Red Cross.
- Avoid touching, showering or shaving the treated area.
- Avoid any physical activities that may cause excessive sweating.
- Don’t wash your head or get water on it. The desire to wash your scalp may be strong, but for the first four days you should resist the temptation.
- Avoid swimming, chlorinated pools, saunas, steam rooms and tanning beds.
- Avoid razor shaving your scalp for at least 10 days.
- Wash your head gently with cold water and gentle soap such as Aveeno Baby Shampoo.
- Apply moisturizer three times daily (with clean hands) to prevent dryness and flaky skin. We recommend using a non-perfumed moisturizer such as Aveeno body moisturizer.
- For those with shaved heads, avoid growing hair too long. If you do need to shave your head, we advise using an electric foil shaver only such as a Remington R5 as these are less likely to disturb your pigments. However, keep the shaver away from scabs that are still present on your head and don’t try to peel them away. No wet shaving with a razor blade for 10 days post each procedure session.
- You can perform activities from which you sweat lightly. Lift some weights at a low pace, but avoid tough cardio sessions.
Day 7 and Onward:
- At this point, you can resume your showering sessions and get back to your usual schedule. There won’t be any issues with the water temperature or with the type of shampoo when you wash your scalp.
- This is the time when you might consider using a razor blade to shave your head. However, avoid using it if there are still healing scabs on the skin.
- You can now get back to your usual routine at the gym and sweat as much as you’d like.
Day 30 (after all sessions are complete):
- Swimming, saunas and tanning booths are now permitted.
- A quality non-greasy 30 to 50 SPF sunscreen is highly recommended.
- Moisturize daily with a light moisturizing cream.
- Although not compulsory, Reagan recommends taking measures to avoid head shine. Reagan recommends Milk of Magnesia or Headblade Headlube Matte Moisture Lotion.
Signs and Symptoms of Infection:
- Swelling: A slight amount of swelling is typical for a fresh hair tattoo. If swelling becomes excessive, uncomfortable and you feel the pain radiating beyond the site of the tattoo, then this is a sign of infection.
- Fever: Fever is a symptom of an underlying condition, which is most often an infection. Please contact a medical provider if you think you may have a possible infection.
- Please contact a licensed physician immediately if any of these signs and symptoms occur. Also please notify Reagan Hart Micro (248.302.8056) if you experience any of these symptoms.